Westinghouse to resume AP1000 talks with China

Westinghouse Electric Co. says it expects to restart negotiations with China in early 2012 to further deploy its AP1000 nuclear reactor after talks were stalled following the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Westinghouse transferred technology for the AP1000 to China as part of a 2007 deal to sell four reactors to the country. China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. plans to develop two CAP 1400 reactors based on the existing AP1000 design.

Over the next four to five years, Westinghouse will concentrate on building reactors in China, including two each that are currently under construction at the Sanman and Haiyang nuclear power plants.

Westinghouse will reportedly benefit from the talks because China is attracted to the safety features of the AP1000, including a passive cooling system that automatically keeps a reactor cool and prevents a meltdown.

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